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10 From GEM: Valentine’s Day Edition: So You Didn’t Get What You Wanted

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Creative Commons/marc falardeau

10 From GEM:
Valentine’s Day Edition: So You Didn’t Get What You Wanted

Another Valentine’s Day bites the dust. Hopefully, all kinds of love rained down upon you. Not just romantic love, but the love of good friends, family, coworkers, and even a few strangers. Did you have a bad Valentine’s Day? If so, it’s not too late to make it a perfect one, just not on February 14th. If your guy didn’t get you anything or you didn’t get what you wanted, go out and get it yourself. The benefit is that you know yourself better than anybody and you’ll choose exactly what works in your life. Need some help on where to start? Keep reading for our best ideas.

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1. CHARM BRACELET

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Creative Commons/LiSoCards

Charm bracelets never go out of style. The one you got when you were 14-years-old is still just as cute as it was when you forgot about it in the bottom of your jewelry box. With a flick of your wrist, you can remind yourself of all the people, places, and things you love. Charm bracelets are so appealing because they can fit any budget, practically any design can be found, and yours will be one of a kind.

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2. CHOCOLATE

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Creative Commons/J. Paxon Reyes

No drugstore chocolates for you! When you celebrate yourself, you have to go big. There are many fine chocolatiers online at different price points. It’s not hard to find one who lives and breathes all things chocolate. Some large cities have businesses that offer walking chocolate tours where you can discover cute little chocolate shops.

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3. JOURNAL

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Creative Commons/joanna eleanor

Even if you’re not good at regularly writing in a journal, get a beautiful one to have when inspiration strikes or you want to write down a dream before you forget it. Keep in mind that a journal can serve many writing purposes: to take notes, to jot down recipes, or to privately express yourself.

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4. A DAY AT THE SPA

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Creative Commons/ppacificvancouver

Here’s your chance to feel sorry for all the people who had to suffer through bad massages as a Valentine’s Day gift. Head to the professionals whose very purpose is to pamper you and make you feel like a queen. A day at the spa is a luxury that you should experience as often as you can. You will walk away feeling physically, mentally, and spiritually nourished. And you can brag about great massage.

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5. LESSONS

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Creative Commons/Zyllan Fotografia

What kind of lessons? Anything you’ve always wanted to try but never did. Trapeze, modeling, ballet, cooking, swimming; nothing is off limits! If you don’t want to commit to regular lessons, see if you can try one day  or boot camp activities.

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6. PERSONALIZED STATIONERY

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Creative Commons/crescentmoonpaper

With the ubiquity of texting and email, and the postal service doing away with Saturday mail delivery this summer, it may seem pointless to bother with stationery. But think how good you feel when you get mail that isn’t a bill or junk. Send the gift of you to a loved one with attractive personalized stationery. Besides, don’t you like seeing your name in print?

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7. MAKE YOUR OWN FLORAL BOUQUET

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Creative Commons/freshPhotography Melbourne

Flowers instantly brighten any room in your home and make you feel good when you take a moment to admire them. Visit a flower shop to create your own beautiful arrangement. You don’t have to get flowers that are associated with Valentine’s Day. Some good choices are camellias, gerbera daisies, Iceland poppies, ranunculi, and flowering quince. One of my favorites is the gardenia because of it’s lovely, room-filling scent.

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8. BED LINENS

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Creative Commons/Flowerona

You spend so much of your life sleeping, shouldn’t you do it on bed linens that are practically a religious experience? Get those 50-thread-count sheets off your bed and buy something that you can luxuriate in. Touch the linens before you buy them. A 200-thread-count set of sheets can feel better than 400-thread-count sheets if the quality of the cotton is high.

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9. PHOTO COLLAGE

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Creative Commons/stelladanza’s confections

Celebrate yourself, your life, your family, and your interests with a photo collage. It’s a unique keepsake that let’s you show a bigger picture. For example, instead of framing one picture of your grandparents, a collage allows you to capture everything from their wedding day forward. Make a collage of abstract photos you took on your European vacation. Make a photo timeline of your children’s growth. There are no limits to what you can capture.

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10. PURGE TOXIC
RELATIONSHIPS

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Creative Commons/A Strange Perspective

This is probably one of the biggest gifts you can give yourself. Limiting or eliminating your contact with people who don’t have your best interests at heart does wonders for reducing stress and living a happier life.

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Whether or not you got exactly what you wanted for Valentine’s Day, what are some things you plan to do just for yourself?

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Alexis Trass Walker lives in Gary, Indiana, with her husband and four children. She is a stay at home mom and writer who loves all things chocolate. After years of shyness, she is a recovering wallflower who understands that a smile goes a long way. Read more about Alexis on her blog lilliebelle.org or email her at alexistrasswalker@gmail.com.

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